Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Garner Man Sentenced to 156 Months for Human Trafficking

 RALEIGH, N.C. – Antoine Lamar Wallace, of Garner, was sentenced today to 156 months in prison for sex trafficking of a minor and aiding and abetting.

According to court records and evidence presented at the trial of co-defendant, Jonathan Lynn Jenkins, Wallace and Jenkins prostituted many women between November 2014 and October 2015, including minors. The victims were young, vulnerable, and often struggling to survive. After luring the victims with promises of food, shelter, and a better life, Wallace and Jenkins manipulated and controlled the victims’ lives, isolating them, abusing them, and keeping all money the victims earned.

Wallace and Jenkins were arrested in January 2016. Jenkins, the ringleader of the two, was convicted of multiple human trafficking charges at a federal trial in February. He was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences.  

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III. The Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, the Raleigh Police Department, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lucy Brown and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Blondel  prosecuted the case.

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